The Rev. Levi Ives served for less than one year before becoming assistant minster of Christ Church, New York. In 1831 he became bishop of North Carolina where he controversially baptized enslaved people. Drawn to the Oxford movement which reasserted the apostolic and catholic heritage of Anglicanism, Bishop Ives, having left the Episcopal Church, became a member of the Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Day in 1852. He was then deposed as bishop and was no longer recognized as a priest.